Bowman’s quick start in 2nd half carries BC past Dartmouth
BOSTON (AP) — A 3-pointer at the end of the opening half was just a small sign of what was coming from Boston College guard Ky Bowman.
Bowman scored 19 points after being held scoreless nearly the entire first half, Jerome Robinson had 17 points and the Eagles rebounded from an ugly loss by beating Dartmouth 86-72 on Saturday.
“To get him going, it was important,” BC coach Jim Christian said. “They were doing a good job corralling him and not letting him make plays.”
Bowman’s first points of the game — an off-balance 3 from the top of the key — gave the Eagles a 41-38 edge at halftime.
He then opened the second half with a 3-point play and followed that with a 3 from the top of the key after his dribble and quick stop sent his defender stumbling backward to the floor, capping a personal 9-0 spurt.
After a basket by Dartmouth, the Eagles broke it open by scoring 17 of the next 19 points. Bowman had a pair of 3s - both from the right corner - and a windmill breakaway jam in the spree, giving him 12 points in the opening 4½ minutes of the half.
“He made some plays. That’s going to happen. He’s a very, very talented player,” Dartmouth coach David McLaughlin said. “He knows who he is as a player.”
Jordan Chatman scored 15, Nik Popovic added 14 with eight rebounds and Steffon Mitchell had 10 points with 10 boards for Boston College (12-6). The Eagles lost at No. 20 North Carolina by 30 points on Tuesday.
“We were really hungry because that was a really bad game against UNC,” Popovic said. “It was really important to come back. I played a really bad game that day and it was important for a lot of guys, too.”
Ian Sistare led Dartmouth (4-10) with 14 points. The Big Green dropped their fourth straight.
Dartmouth: Decent 3-point shooting can keep the Big Green in games this season. They hit 15 in a loss against Notre Dame in their only other matchup against an Atlantic Coast Conference team this season, on Dec. 19. They went 9 for 23 in the loss Saturday.
“I think anytime you can get open 3 looks, especially after the ball goes inside or hits the paint or makes the defense move, that’s definitely a strength of ours,” McLaughlin said.
Boston College: Coming off their lopsided loss at North Carolina, the Eagles needed to gain confidence, especially on the boards where they were outrebounded 58-23 by NC. BC owned a 35-26 edge over Dartmouth.
“We’re a good rebounding team,” Christian said. “We were bad rebounding the ball that particular night against a hungry North Carolina team. Hopefully we learned our lesson.”
There was added excitement around BC’s program after highly-touted recruit Jairus Hamilton, a 6-foot-8 forward from Concord, North Carolina, announced on Twitter Thursday that he’s verbally committed to the school. His brother Jared, a 6-foot-4 guard, sat on the Eagles’ bench wearing a BC sweatshirt. Sources in the program said an announcement is expected soon that he’ll transfer from Georgia Southern.
“I can’t talk about recruiting,” Christian said.
BC owns a 22-9 edge in the series, which dates back to 1904-05. The Eagles are 7-0 at home.
Dartmouth: Hosts Harvard next Saturday in an Ivy League matchup.
Boston College: Returns to league play on Monday, hosting No. 23 Florida State. The Eagles have played three Top-25 teams in their last five games.